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Inkle Loom 

Written By: Kristin Roach 


Clamps (1) 

Compound angle (1) 

Coping saw (1) 

Drill (1) 

a drill press is really handy if you have 


Drill bit (1) 
for pilot holes 

Drill bit (1) 

for hanger bolt placement 

Flat wood bit (1) 

Flat wood bit (1) 

Hand saw (1) 

Measuring tape (1) 

Pencil (1) 

Sandpaper (1) 

Scrap block of wood (1) 
to help press pegs into holes 

Screwdriver (1) 


Hardwood (1) 
Hardwood (1) 
Hardwood (1) 
Hardwood (1) 
Dowel rod (1) 
Wood glue (1) 
Wood screws (4) 
Wood screws (12) 
Hanger bolt (1) 
Disc washer (1) 
Wing nut (1) 
Polyurethane sealant (1) 

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to fit wood screws 
Workbench (1) 


Weaving is one of my favorite crafts because it's meditative and challenging, practical and 
artistic. It combines plain-woven cloth's simple elegance with the astounding complexity of a 
kilim split-stitch tapestry. 

I love the way woven straps look, but the idea of warping my floor loom just to make 
something as narrow as a strap for my bike messenger bag seemed like overkill. Then I 
came across a wonderful and traditional solution - the inkle loom! This loom is relatively 
easy to build, costs under $30 to purchase all of the supplies (even less if you have the right 
screws around), and takes only an hour to warp and start weaving. 

The slot-and-peg tensioning rod allows you to move the continuous warp through the loom 
and weave the entire length. That's eight feet of warp that you can weave all in one go 
without stopping. You can make it a simple plain weave or tapestry style. 


A powered rotary hand saw, table saw, or miter saw would be ideal for making quick work of 
cutting your hardwood. It can be done with the hand saw, but because we are using 
hardwood, it will take persistence and patience. Just don't feel like you have to buy a new 
saw to build your inkle loom. 

Project originally posted on CRAFT . 

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Step 1 — Cut down all your wood 

• Cut your wood to the following 

• (1) 1" X 4" X 30" (Piece A) 

• (2) 1"X3"X12"(PiecesB) 

• (1) 1" X 2" X 5" (Piece C) 

• (1) 1"X6"X16"(PieceD) 

• (7) 3/4" dowel rod, 5 1/4" lengths 
(Pieces E) 

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Step 2 — Make your laps: corner lap and plain lap cuts. 

B are both cut the same way, 

• This will rock your woodworking 
world. It's so simple to do once you 
know how. It looks really nice and 
adds extra stability to your loom. 
Grab your compound angle, pencil, 
measuring tape, and pieces A and 
B, and measure where your lap 
cuts will go. Use the illustration to 
see the exact placement of each 

• a. Use the compound angle to 
mark straight lines. Measure the 
placement as well as the depth. 
You'll use the lines to guide your 

• For the plain lap in piece 
A, drill a hole with the 

3/8" flat bit at the corner of the 
lap so you can turn the saw 
when you get to the 90-degree 

• b. Use your coping saw to cut 
out the lap. Cut the short depth 
first - it makes it easier to keep 
the cut even. 

• c. Sand everything so it's nice 
and smooth. 

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Step 3 — Cut the tension rod's slot. 

3/8 X 5" 


3" from the end 

• a. Mark out a rectangle 3/8" X 5" in 
pencil 2" from the end of piece A - 
the opposite side of the laps - 
centered vertically. 

• b. Use the 3/8" drill bit to drill a 
pilot hole at both ends of the 
rectangle. This will give the end of 
the slot a nice rounded corner. 

• c. Remove the blade from your 
coping saw and slide it through the 
3/8" hole. Fit the blade back into 
the saw and cut along the lines of 
the rectangle. 

• d. Sand to remove any burrs and 
slightly round the edges of the cut. 

Step 4 — Attach pieces B to A. 

• a. Apply a generous amount of 
wood glue to one of the lapped cuts 
in piece A and clamp one of B in 

• b. Use the 1/8" bit to drill two pilot 
screw holes. 

• c. Use the 5/8" wood screws to 
secure in place. 

• Repeat for the second piece B. 

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Step 5 — Measure and cut recessed peg holes. 

• a. Measure out the center points for each recessed peg hole as shown. 

• b. Clamp your loom to your workbench. Using your 3/4" flat wood bit, cut peg holes 1/4" 

• c. Use the 1/8" bit to drill out the center point all the way to the other side - this is your 
guide so you know where to place your screws from the backside. 

Step 6 — Attach pegs. 

• a. Put a generous amount of glue in a hole, using a scrap block of wood to fit the peg all 
the way into the hole. 

• b. From the backside of the loom, use the 1 1/2" wood screws to screw through pieces B 
and A and into pieces E (the pegs). Because of the pilot holes we predrilled, this should be 
a snap. 

Step 7 — Attach the base. 

• a. Clamp the loom down on its side. Put a bead of wood glue along the edge of piece D and 
line it up to the right edge of the loom. 

• b. Drill 5 pilot holes, equally spaced, and use the 1 1/2" screws to secure it. 

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Step 8 — Make the tension rod. 

• a. Mark the center point in the raw cut end of piece C. Hold it in a bench clamp or clamp it 
to your workbench and use the 3/16" drill bit to pre-drill the hole. 

• b. Use the pliers to grab one end of the hanger bolt and screw it into the pre-drilled hole 
you just created. 

• c. Screw into place by fitting the hanger bolt into the slot with the washer and wing nut on 
the other side. 

And that's it. You are now a proud owner of your very own inkle loom! Now all you need to do is 
warp it and weave some amazing things. 

Here's a list of inkle loom resources I find useful: 

One of my favorite YouTube tutorials is How to Warp and Weave on the Schact Inkle Loom by 
Jane Patrick. 

Inkle Weaving by Helene Bress is a great book to get you going. 

Earth Guild's Free Inkle Weaving Instructions 

Beginning Inkle Weaving by Heather Heroldt has a nice list of other resources - scroll to the 
bottom of the page for her guide. 

Sara Lamb's post, Inkle 101 . on her blog Woven Thoughts. It's a really nice run-through of 
warping and weaving a basic strap. 

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